Once you meet the basic qualifications for a position, soft skills become important as competitive differentiators. The more senior your position, the more critical it is to demonstrate self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
These emotional intelligence (or “EQ”) components are also essential leadership strengths that reveal how well you know personal strengths and weaknesses, how well you are able to hold your emotions in check when a threat is perceived, how culturally or politically savvy you are, and how well you work (or play) with others.
The results you are expected to achieve in a leadership role are only part of the hiring proposition today. Teamwork skills are increasingly important in a connected world.
Where are you on the EQ continuum? How has your emotional intelligence helped you move up the ladder? What insights/wisdom have you gained that will restore upward momentum to your career?
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC